It seems to me that apart from admiring the vista, towers are well suited for use as a reading room, craft room, study or a garden style room. Here is my mix and match:
This is Belmont in Hawthorn, built in 1898.
This is Uxbridge House dating from 1889. Built in an unusual Queen Anne style it has a tiny little two storey tower on the left.
Given its garden setting perhaps a little green study would be apt here.
This is Glucksberg in Hawthorn.
I can see a wooden pannelled study in here, with a slightly European feel in the patterned desk:
with lots of storage for crafty bits and pieces:
This is Rupertswood in Sunbury dating from 1974. It is the homes of the Ashes (as in cricket) such a fascinating fact I didn't have time to find out what that meant.
It's a pretty serious house so I think there could be a pretty serious looking grey study for serious business.
For contrast, with a little flowery sitting space for the top of the tower:
This is Rosina in Moonee Ponds, built between 1850 and the 1890s hence the mish mash of architectural styles.
This tower looks quite large so I think you could have a light filled sitting room with some antique paintings scattered around.
And perhaps above that, a conservatory style area for reading:
This is Illawarra in Toorak. This has a quite amazing three storey tower, which you can see in town halls and post offices in Melbourne but rarely houses. The spaces are probably quite small, and perhaps to off set the heavy Italianate architecture something light and dreamy is called for:
First, a bedroom:
Next level up, a letter writing desk:
And then a bathroom. Don't ask me how you get the plumbing up there. That's the plumber's problem.
Here is Huntingtower in Hawthorn.
This has a touch of the Edgar Allan Poes about it so maybe a room for writing gothic novels would work:
think this is my favourite - Sarathon in Prahran built in 1880. The owners appear to have subdivided the land and there is now a very modern boxy structure in the front garden. It is an interesting contrast but affects the approach to this tower a little.
Given that I would be living here I think a ladylike desk for writing little bon mots and wrapping small gifts would be appropriate with lots of natural light:
There is a very run down Victorian house up the road from where I live. It has peeling white paint, a willow tree in the front garden and a single white Italianate tower perched on the roof. I have never seen it for sale and I picture a grey haired lady happily ensconced in there with her 10 cats. I hope it is one day bought and refurbished by someone who loves the tower.
And thank you to Dean Melbourne your architectural photographs are amazing. You can see all of them here.